Travel Destination IV: Amritsar, India

What is more important than a little excursion every now and then to recharge your batteries? One such destination to recharge yourself is the holy town of Amritsar. It took us about 10 hours to reach Amritsar from  Delhi via train.

We have booked our stay at the Golden Tulip. The chain has never let me down. Again, the room was well furnished with good service and amenities.

After some rest and a quick lunch, we went to visit Wagah Border. The ceremony at the border between India and Pakistan starts around 4 PM. Luckily, we had special passes from a contact in Army, so we got a seat just next to the main gate.

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Even if you are not patriotic, Wagah Border will guarantee goosebumps. The environment is infectious with parades by various regiments of Indian armed forces. There is show of power by  both the sides. You get a glimpse of the rivalry between the nations as each country cheers for its soldiers.

In the night, we went to visit Golden Temple. It was beautifully alight in yellow lights, accentuating its beauty. After seeking blessings of the almighty, I sat in the compound observing vibrant fish and the hopeful crowd.

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Golden Temple view at night

Amritsar is also well-known for its authentic Punjabi food at low prices. So, we went to Brothers Dhaba for the dinner.

Next morning , we went to Jallianwala Bagh. It is the place where General Dyer ordered British Army to fire bullets at freedom fighters. There are walls depicting wounds of the history. There is also Amar Jyoti that burns throughout the year to honor the sacrifices of freedom fighters.

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Bullets marks at Jallianwala Bagh

Therafter, we went to Durgiana Temple, which looks like Golden temple in its layout although it is a Hindu temple. Then, we went for lunch at yet another known dhaba called Kesar Da Dhaba. We also shopped in the main market for Phulkari suits and dry fruits.

After two days, I returned to my daily grind feeling rejuvenated at a short yet fulfilling trip. 

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